And not everybody who is old, angry, white, and male. Me, for example, and a lot of my friends and acquaintances.
So why not?
I have to believe that my faith formation has made a huge difference.
I grew up in a UU household; my parents had converted from a liberal, social gospel oriented Baptist faith just before I was born.
I grew up in UU churches, attending UU Sunday schools, daydreaming and squirming through UU worship services and sermons.
I grew up being taught, and learning again and again, that the world was not fair, but should be, that every person should count, but does not, and that it is simply wonderful when people came together to change life for the better. These were not just my conclusions from observing events; I was instructed in them by my parents and my faith community. They were taught to me; you could say that I was catechized in them as articles of faith.
I was disillusioned with Unitarian Universalism for decades. But it was not I did not believe what it taught me. I was appalled that it seemed that the UU's I knew did not actually believe what they said they believed. But Bob Dylan nailed that kind of disillusion, "I was so much older then; I'm younger than that now."
Today, I am contrasting the faith I was taught and the promise that white supremacy has made to white people in the USA.
The promise that white supremacy makes to white men is that you are the equal of any politician, corporate leader, celebrity, or tech billionaire. This is America and you are as good as anybody. You are in the world's inner circle, and not everybody is. In return, "work hard and play by the rules." Compliant willingness to be exploited.
Whatever the church, or no church, the real religion of much of white America is a faith in the promises of white supremacy. And that faith is being proven to be untrue. The vast inequality between the 1% and the rest of us tests that faith. And instead of being equal to the elites, white men must accept equality with those they had thought below them.
Our work and mission are the religious tasks of evangelism and conversion. We must persuade people that to put one's faith in the promises of white supremacy is to build one's house on sands that will be swept away by history. We have to testify that our faith has not left us bitter and vengeful. We have to convert people.
It will be hard work.
But it matters what we teach the young.